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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.


Just one look at a Wisteria in bloom reveals why many gardeners want this plant in their garden. Large, pendulous flowers cover this deciduous vine each spring in shades of white, pink, or blue-purple, providing a beautiful display that few other plants can match. Unfortunately, growing Wisteria is not without challenges both in keeping this vigorous vine under control...

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Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis

A sure sign that spring has arrived—and is not just teasing us with a brief stint of nice weather is when the redbuds are in bloom. If you don't know what a redbud is, you have probably noticed them in past years. Redbud trees are covered in the spring with small purple-pink flowers that resemble pea flowers up close. I was a bit surprised to find that the redbud, Cercis canadensis...

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Daffodil, Narcissus, or Jonquil?

My favorite spring flowering bulb is the daffodil. They multiply effortlessly, and squirrels and deer detest their taste. What more could a person ask for in a bulb? Our investment in hundreds of daffodil bulbs when we bought our home created a lot of work to get them all planted, but the numbers of bright blooms have increased each year with absolutely no effort on our part. What exact...

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A sure sign of spring at the Nelson house is asparagus on the menu. It's my favorite spring vegetable. One of the first things we planted when we moved into our house nine years ago was asparagus. Growing asparagus is best reserved for patient people, as a crop cannot be harvested for three years after planting. This frustrates many home gardeners, and is one factor that makes asparagus...

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